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Add the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas to the list of music and entertainment figures and groups joining to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The orchestra and the Legion band will give a joint benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Donations will be collected by the United Way for the September 11th Fund, organized after terrorist attacks on the United States that day.

Calling music "a healing agent," Lawrence A. Ribits, orchestra president, said members hope the performance will offer the community "comfort, consolation and an inner sense of renewed hope for our country."

Both auditorium and lawn seating will be available. Those outside the hall will hear and see the program via speakers and a video screen positioned on the school's front lawn.

The Philharmonic's portion of the concert will open with "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, and continue with "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, "Ashokan Farewell," "Symphony No. 9" largo by Anton Dvorak, "Firebird" finale by Igor Stravinsky and "American Fantasia."

The American Legion Band will start its segment with "Liberty Fanfare," followed by "Power and Glory" by John Philip Sousa, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" with vocalists Maureen Allen and Henry Pendleton, "West Point March," "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" by Martin Luther, "American Pageant," Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" sung by Pendleton, "Salute to the Armed Services," "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin, taps and "America the Beautiful."

Sponsors include the Towns of Tonawanda and Grand Island; the City of Tonawanda; County Legislature Majority Leader Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore; County Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda; and several police and fire departments.


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